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Drukpa, Fundación Canaria with Khenpo Sonam Kyatso Rinpoche

Khenpo Sonam Gyatso Rinpoche

We were honored by the visit and teachings of His Eminence "Khenpo Sonam Gyatso Rinpoche" or short "Khenpo Sogyal Rinpoche" and Lama Dawa in Garafía, La Palma from June 21st to 27th 2011. See Photo Album! He is an important Lama of the Drukpa and Kagyu Lineages, university professor for Buddhist philosophy and logic at the Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Education in Benares (Varanasi), India.


His Holiness, the Gyalwang Drukpa asked Khenpo Rinpoche to offer his immense knowledge to students at Drukpa centers in Europe. We are very fortunate to have had such a great Master in Buddhist philosophy and meditation on the small La Palma Island and many could take advantage of this excellent occasion to study and instruct ourselves in the light of his profound teachings.

Rinpoche taught on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas (Shantideva), meditation, buddhist philosophy and its relevance for today´s environmental and social problems and ways to resolve them by responsible and harmonic living with nature and environment on individual and collective levels.

Rinpoche was very interested in the work of the scientists (astronomers) on the Roque de Los Muchachos at 2.426 m above sea level. We thank the Isaac Newton Group at the William Herschel Observatory and the Grand Telescope of Canaries Observatory (Gran Tecan) for their exquisite guidance and explications. Many similarities between Buddhist wisdom and modern astrophysical science were found and discussed.

About 80 people came to the public talk, about 30 took part in the retreat and 13 took refuge at the end.

We thank Rinpoche for his wonderful teachings and blessings and invite him to come back whenever possible! La Palma has become your home, dear Khenpo-la!

Program:

21.06.2011 - 17:15 h: Kathak Reception at La Palma airport

22.06.2011 - 19:00 h: Public talk on socially and environmentally responsable way of living in the light of Buddhist philosophy,

23.-25.06.2011 - 10:00-13:30, 16:00-19:30: Teachings on the 37 practices of the Bodhisattvas (Shantideva) and meditation,

26.06.2011 - 10:00-13:00, 15:00-18:00: Explications, empowerment and initiation on Manjushri (the Bodhisattva of wisdom)

27.06.2011 - 13:45 h: say goodbye and departure from La Palma airport

Location:

"Sala de Actos" in the Cultural Center of Villa de Garafía (Santo Domingo) in the north-west of La Palma Island (Tenerife province), Canary Islands.

 

Khenpo Rinpoche (l.) with V.V. Thrangu Rinpoche

Khenpo Sonam Gyatso Rinpoche´s biography can be read here.

 

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